Club members’ activity during the lockdown.
Despite the clubroom being closed and the fact that we can’t congregate for the time being, let’s have a look at what various members have been up to.
Since the lockdown came into force, there have been at least 3 new layouts started:
This is from Terry Robinson. Margret St, a Micro layout which is only 4’ x 1’ and a 2’ x 1’ fiddle yard. The layout is set in the late 1960s early 1970s and is based in the Western Region.
It is a small stabling point with a diesel refueling facility for the fleet of green diesels to be seen around the period.
This one is from Charlie McNicol using 3 pasting tables with the harbaord replaced with plywood.
This is from yours truly. Bourne St Andrew, a small branch line terminus only 4ft 6ins long set in the pre-Nationalisation period on the SR.
As well as layout building, there are many other projects being undertaken.
The conversion of a MK1 restaurant-buffet into a West Coast kitchen car by Spike Windows.
Kit building projects from Paul Denton. A GWR iron 20T coal/mineral wagon, LSWR 10T open wagon from an ABS cast white-metal kit, and a series of sub-assemblies from the construction of a Liskeard & Looe 2-4-0T from an N-Brass etched brass and nickel-silver kit.
Mark Smith has been improving the lighting on his Bachmann class 108 DMU by improving pick-up and installing new LEDs.
Painting and detailing Parkside wagon kits by Richard Brown.
Josh Windows has been grading coal:
and also trying his hand at weathering wagons:
As well as new layouts, there has also been progress on exisiting layouts.
Dave Hughes has been working on his layout which has track pegged out ready for wiring up. It is based on nowhere in particular, just a terminus with goods sidings, so will be suited to 1960s steam/diesel. Basically anything goes! The layout will be DCC which will lend itself to the many shunting possibilities to be had.
Likewise, Keith Hayward is continuing to make progress on his O gauge layout Jennings Sidings.
So, as you can see, it is not all doom and gloom.